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Talisman of Life
Explorers strive, but fate decides. You can prepare and practice for an expedition, but there's only so much a person can do... Sometimes you have to put your life in fate's hands. I've come to understand this intergalactic truth while I've traveled to the farthest reaches of the universe. Fate and I are pretty close.
What is fate? Is it the result of billions of events and consequential variables that eventually come back to relate and affect each and every one of us? Or is there actually some book of fate with written events that define the future? These two are, respectively, thoughts of a realist and a dreamer. Even so, what's true about both, is that we need to do our part for the future before letting fate take care of things.

There's only so much a person can do. We can't change fate's variables to our own liking, but we do have a certain threshold of control over each of our lives, and controlling it is a necessity.

At the end of a long life, some beings wish to leave the world and stroll in a field of flowers. Does this desire ever come to fruition? I do not know...but this beautiful deck of luck wafers makes me wonder. Even we machines ponder the great power-down at the end of the trail.
What happens when we die? That is yet another dreamer vs. realist wonder. Does the soul leave the body to heaven, to a better place...or is it merely an event in which our organs stop functioning and thus our body dies; nothing more, nothing less? It isn't possible to fathom the events which happen in the aftermath of a dead being.

On a separate note, the Talisman of Life is actually a pack of Hanafuda cards, which is what spawned Nintendo and its success as a company. These cards were the start of Nintendo's life [ click here to learn more about Hanafuda cards ]

Fleeting Art Form
Some works of fine art are timeless, while others are fleeting. Once lit, this sculpted pillar of wax will burn with glory for a short time before flaming out. The purpose of this piece of art is to help us all envision our final moment of flaming glory.
The things you do in your life are timeless. They shape history itself. But what are these things? Do you do everything you want to do in life before it's over? It will be over one day... The burning flame of glory that is your life will eventually be extinguished. Will you have done everything you wanted to do in life? Will you have left your mark in history, will you have accomplished your goals?

Life is short. For some, it's shorter than others. The number of years in a life is unpredictable, for there are many variables that can affect it. Though however big or small the number, one thing remains a fact: life is a fleeting art form.

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